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👍 | In Hoboken, an assault on free speech | Moran

Photo Hoboken Councilman Phil Cohen, left, wants to ban officials from blocking people on social media, which Councilman Mike DeFusco, right, has done in the past.

In Hoboken, an assault on free speech | Moran

Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco blocked a handful of critics from his Twitter account recently, a move that has provoked a storm in town, and a proposal to impose a $ 500 fine for each person blocked. It's an extreme reaction, granted. Council members make only $ 22,000 a year, and the good ones work full time, or close to it, when you add up all the night meetings and weekend events. Given the abusive tone that Twitter seems to draw out, it must be tempting to block out the critics. But when public officials use their Twitter accounts to discuss public business, then blocking deprives the criti… → Continue reading

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